Ganesha Pancharathnamala – Verse 1

मुदाकरात्तमोदकं सदा विमुक्तिसाधकं

कलाधरावतंसकं विलासिलोकरक्षकम्

अनायकैकनायकं विनाशितेभदैत्यकं

नताशुभाशुनाशकं नमामि तं विनायकम् ॥१॥

Mudaa-Karaatta-Modakam Sadaa Vimukti-Saadhakam

Kalaa-Dhara-Avatamsakam Vilaasi-Loka-Rakssakam |

Anaayakai[a-E]ka-Naayakam Vinaashitebha-Daityakam

Nata-Ashubha-Ashu-Naashakam Namaami Vinaayakam ||1||

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words

मुदाकरात्तमोदकं (Mudaa-Karaatta-Modakam): Who Holds the Divine Joy in His Hand as Modaka

मुद् (Mud) = To be Merry or Glad or Happy, to Rejoice

कर (Kara) = a Doer, the Hand

मोदक (Modaka) = a small round Sweetmeat, any Sweetmeat, Gladdening, Exhilarating

सदा (Sadaa): Always

विमुक्तिसाधकं (Vimukti-Saadhakam): Who Always strives to Accomplish the Liberation of His Devotees towards that Divine Joy

विमुक्ति (Vimukti) = Release, Deliverance, Liberation

साधक (Saadhaka) = Accomplishment, Fulfilling, Effective, Productive of

कलाधरावतंसकं (Kalaa-Dhara-Avatamsakam): Who Holds the Digit of the Moon as His Ornament

कला (Kalaa) = A small part of anything, part of Moon, a division of Time, Art

धर (Dhara) = Holding, Bearing ஞ

अवतंस (Avatamsa) = a Garland, Ring-shaped Ornament, Ear-Ring, Crest

विलासिलोकरक्षकम् (Vilaasi-Loka-Rakssakam): Who Protects the World in a Joyful Spirit

विलास (Vilaasa) = Sport, Play, Shining forth, Appearance, Manifestation

लोक (Loka) = World, Men

रक्ष (Rakssa) = Guarding, Protecting

अनायकैकनायकं (Anaayaka-Eka-Naayakam): Who is Without any Master but is Himself the Only Master for His Devotees

अनायक (Anaayaka) = having no Leader or Ruler

एक (Eka) = One

नायक (Naayaka) = a Guide, Leader, Chief, Lord, Principal

विनाशितेभदैत्यकं (Vinaashitebha-Daityakam): Who Destroys the [inner] Demons

विनाश (Vinaasha) = Destruction, Annihilation

दैत्य (Daitya) = Son of Diti, Demon

नताशुभाशुनाशकं (Nata-Ashubha-Ashu-Naashakam): To those Who Surrender to Him, He Destroys their Inauspicious tendencies Quickly

नत (Nata) = Bent, Bowed, Bowing to, Saluting

अशुभ (Ashubha) = Inauspicious, Bad, Vicious, Misfortune

आशु (Aashu) = Fast, Quick, Quickly, Immediately, Directly

नाश (Naasha) = Destruction, Annihilation

नमामि (Namaami): I Salute

नमस् (Namas) = Bow, Obeisance, Reverential Salutation

तं (Tam): Him

विनायकम् (Vinaayakam): Sri Vinayaka

Meaning of the Verse

1.1: (Salutations to Sri Vinayaka) Who Holds the Divine Joy in His Hand as Modaka (a sweetmeat) and Who Always strives to Accomplish the Liberation of His Devotees towards that Divine Joy,

1.2: Who Holds the Digit of the Moon as His Ornament and with a Joyful Spirit Protects the World,

1.3: Who is without any Master but is Himself the only Master for His Devotees, and Protects them by Destroying the (inner) Demons,

1.4: To those who Surrender to Him, He Destroys the Inauspicious tendencies Quickly; I Salute Sri Vinayaka and surrender to Him.

Meaning in Tamil

கைத்தலம்நிறை பேரின்பப் பண்டம்

பக்தர்தம் கரையேற்றம் எப்பொழுதும்

மிளிர் நிலவு ஆபரண அணிகலம்

மகிழ்வுடனே புவி காத்தருளும்

தலையிலா தன்னிகரற்ற தலையாகும்

அன்பருள்ளுறை அரக்கனெனும் மாசறுக்கும்

அடிசரண் அன்பர் வினை ஒழித்தழிக்கும்

அவ்விநாயகனை அடிபணிவோம் என்றும்

Ganesha Pancharathnamala

Here is some data

On 24th Nov 19 at 1642 Hrs in a matter of 0.62 Sec, 352 Million

On 12th Dec 19 at 2104 Hrs in a matter of 0.57 Sec, 361 Million

On 19th Dec at 2012 Hrs in a matter of 0.44 Sec436 Million

Must be wondering as to what on earth is this statistics

Well, in the Google search just type “God” and hit the “search” and see for yourselves the results. This is what I found.

OMG! So, how and where do I find God in the results that are thrown at us? How does He look like ? Is it right to call him “He” or should I call as “She” or “It”? What are His/Her/Its features? How do I know that He/She/It is God? Well, the search for the right answers continue as long as one’s life exist in the planet.

Here is what I found as an interesting observation that fits my queries. “The one Absolute, called Brahman by the ancient Vedas in India (God – the English name) transcends all our faculties. However when it comes to our comprehension, it comes within our grasp in any form, shape and characteristic that we choose to associate it with. So God is worshipped in any form which a devotee wishes to”.

How about an Elephant form? The answer is Yes. There is God in the elephant and there is an elephant faced God called Ganesha in the Hindu religion. The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gaṇa (meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system) and isha (meaning lord or master).

The ancient Hindu Puranas provides an unique position to Lord Ganesha. His supremacy is clear from the fact that even the Trinity, the three primal manifestations of the Absolute, viz., Creation (Brahma), Sustenance ( Vishnu) and Destruction (Siva) are hampered in their work if they do not first pay homage to Ganesa. It is from Him that all other Gods derive power to bless and grant boons to devotees.

Adi Sankara who has composed several devotional songs, praising all the well-known forms of God worshipped by the Hindus, has sung five verses (Pancha Ratna – Five Gems) in adoration of Lord Ganesa, the elephant faced God.

The verses and my attempt to provide the meaning in Tamil will be in the subsequent blogs that will follow every Friday.